Oct 11, 11
Read from October 04 to 11, 2011
President Eisenhower was the first president whom I remember. Despite my parents' votes for Stevenson, they had a great deal of regard and affection for this man, so I was very interested to read about Eisenhower's years in the White House. Jim Newton's biography is masterful, a truly clear-eyed, balanced and nuanced view of the man.
Newton draws a portrait of a president who above all had integrity and put the good of his country over any party or personal preferences. Considering the current partisan wrangling and disrespectful speech in Washington, this was eye-opening. The biographer keeps a brisk pace as he carefully calls the reader's attention to all that Eisenhower accomplished - peace, economic stability, civil rights,the appointment of Supreme Court justices spanning the political spectrum - while maintaining the respect of his nation. This was one of the finest political biographies that I've ever read and will highly recommend it
to my friends.